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What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?

Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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I knew it!!!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/pearl-cantrell-bacon-105-year-old_n_3230095.html

Posted by ironsos on May 07, 2013, 08:34 PM report to moderator
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I saw that earlier today, IRONSOS. I knew lots of people would rejoice in that.

My DS has never been home the night when my Night Blooming Cereus bloomed. So, he was intent on seeing it but it is a bit like watching paint dry until it finally really gets down to business. Once it seriously starts blooming it can make an incredible amount of progress in just 15 minutes although it takes about two hours to go through the entire process.

We ended up setting up our card table in the bathroom and the three of us played cards and watched the flower bloom. My daughter thought we were nuts but it was better to play cards than just sit there staring at a plant. She giggled her head off the entire time.

So, now he has seen the flower bloom. Each pedal literally “poings” open individually, vibrating the flower, and then it takes another thirty minutes or so to spread wide open.

She thought we were crazy but she will probably tell her grandchildren how she and her parents sat in a bathroom at a card table playing cards while watching a flower bloom.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 07, 2013, 10:52 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke My DS and I sat out in the garden early one Summer evening some years ago just to watch the Evening Primrose plants, wind-sown in our patch, open up. They bloom for one night and die the next day. Their opening is rather quicker than your flower but it starts off with the green outer casing splitting open and folding downwards out of the way, revealing the furled pale yellow petals. The first petal opens rather suddenly and is followed a while later by others until the whole flower is open. It was fascinating to watch.

Posted by Graymayne on May 08, 2013, 03:09 AM report to moderator
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It is a beautiful sunny day here for my daughter’s baseball field trip.

Today is the usual shopping day here. I don’t think we mean to make a run to the house so I may find out what a new regular Wednesday may be.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 08, 2013, 10:47 AM report to moderator
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Aloha! ;)

Contemplating a vacation to the Orlando, FL area the week before Thanksgiving in November. I want to go see the holiday decorations at Disney and Universal. I just need to see if the DS is willing. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 08, 2013, 10:57 AM report to moderator
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Hello everyone…

Ironsos, my uncle Francis is 83 and eats bacon & eggs & pork sausage almost every morning. Oh yeah, bacon, food of the gods! ;+)

Posted by Won_Two on May 08, 2013, 12:14 PM report to moderator
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Won I sent you a second Owl on April 30. Did you get it? I’m just asking advice about our Windows XP based computers. I may be able to just send you a straight email later. ;)

I have found that even though our IT people block our regular (msn, yahoo, bellsouth, google, etc) email, I can get Owls from here. Evidently the program and our firewall do not recognize this as email since it is set up as a “news” site. Hooray for small blessings! ;)

My great grandfather made it to 98 eating bacon, ham, sausage and other pork products almost every day, too. ;)

Just a work lurk while folding origami cranes. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 08, 2013, 02:46 PM report to moderator
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Won I sent you a second Owl on April 30. Did you get it? I’m just asking advice about our Windows XP based computers. I may be able to just send you a straight email later. ;)

I have found that even though our IT people block our regular (msn, yahoo, bellsouth, google, etc) email, I can get Owls from here. Evidently the program and our firewall do not recognize this as email since it is set up as a “news” site. Hooray for small blessings! ;)

My great grandfather made it to 98 eating bacon, ham, sausage and other pork products almost every day, too. ;)

Just a work lurk while folding origami cranes. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 08, 2013, 02:51 PM report to moderator
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When it took forever, I figured I would splinch. ;)

I think we are going to Orlando in November, if I can get the time off. I had better! In 29 years here I have never taken annual leave during, or even near, the holidays. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 08, 2013, 02:54 PM report to moderator
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Just sitting here bored to death and wondering why 4 out of 3 people have problems with math.

Posted by ironsos on May 08, 2013, 03:13 PM report to moderator
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Ironsos I think tiy just it the nail on the thumb. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 08, 2013, 04:08 PM report to moderator
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What the heck is tiy? I meant you. I must be tired. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 08, 2013, 04:09 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

……..and today it rained. I knew the sunshine was too good to last.

I am waiting to know if I can work overtime on Friday. They’re getting tight on spending, which is silly as we are so stretched. I didn’t finish all I needed to do today, and I was there for 10 hours. I am not just interested in the extra money, the work is not getting done.

Lady Hawke, I hesitate to tell you what temperatures I regard as “hot.” The hottest I have ever been was on our holiday in Portugal four years ago, when it was about 35C. Then all I had to do was put on a bikini and relax. I would find it very difficult indeed to function properly in that heat. Yesterday was probably about 20ishC. It was pleasant to have just a thin layer of clothes on, and not to need a cardigan, but it was not too hot. It is big news here if we get to the high 20’sC.
Did your daughter have a good trip?

Posted by asti on May 08, 2013, 05:02 PM report to moderator
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My daughter had a good time at the ball game even though she understands nothing about baseball and had no idea who was in the lead when they finally had to make the decision to head back to school. It was bright and sunny and reached about 87 F(30.5 C) today.

After we picked my daughter up from school we drove out across town and had dinner at a Middle Eastern restaurant, tabouli, falafel, hummus, lamb, etc. Then, we went on and I took my friend’s mail in at her condo.

I still didn’t get home until 7 PM but the day involved a lot more leisure to do things slowly and spend some time sitting than Wednesday usuallly provide. We also managed the long run across town which we don’t usually attempt on a Wednesday.

I would just as sooon not doing anything but lie around relaxing when it is 35C either. I don’t even like to do housework unless the air conditioner has the house cooled to 72 F (21 C). When I am actively shoving a vacuum or mop I can get really hot, especially if I am working hard for three or four hours.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 08, 2013, 08:41 PM report to moderator
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Deanie, I have not gotten an owl… Wondering why??? Perhaps it is a side effect of all the ‘fixing’ Leaky’s volunteer programmers are up to lately (see Melissa’s latest status update on her profile page!)…

Posted by Won_Two on May 08, 2013, 09:49 PM report to moderator
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I just reread my previous post. It appears I was not paying any attention to what I wrote or typed. I will try to leave it to the fact I was tired and distracted when I sat down.

ASTI, I wonder what your daughter would think of our weather on one of those summer days that reaches 102 F (38.3 C) with a heat index of 120 F (48.4 F). Mostly, we hide inside in air conditioned buildings and vehicles with as little exposure to the outside as possible. Once it reaches 98 F (36.6 C) with a heat index of 105 F (40.5 C) or more there will be very few people at the pool. Most people use the pool when it is between 90 F (32.2 C) and 97 F (36.1 C). Fortunately, fromt he standpoint of optimal pool use the upper end of that scale is usually the better part of our summer. We will have a few days to several weeks of that really oppressive heat.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 08, 2013, 10:16 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke: Your tired and distracted posts read like one of my better ones. Sad.

Posted by ironsos on May 08, 2013, 11:47 PM report to moderator
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Felipe has been trying to get me back in new castle but as of yet no luck. The site hates me.

Posted by ironsos on May 09, 2013, 12:41 AM report to moderator
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Finally!!! Felipe worked his magic and all is well.

Posted by ironsos on May 09, 2013, 12:53 AM report to moderator
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Two more days of class. I just might make it…

I’m glad to see all your happy, familiar avatars. I’ve missed yall!

Posted by Dr. LEW on May 09, 2013, 09:36 AM report to moderator
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My doctor has changed my BP tablets back to the ones I had before, but the “water” tablets are still banned. I am to be regularly monitored with regard to BP and blood tests, just as I was with my previous GP. Afterwards to went to check out the menu and refurbishment of a previous food-serving inn that we haven’t been to for about fifteen years. The dining-room is in the extension added over twenty years ago newly re-carpeted and filled with new tables and chairs. The extensive windows have pleasant views across a valley with a modest River Severn flowing through it. My DS enjoyed his main course, I was less impressed but the desserts were nice. Yesterday evening we lost the internet and we spent most of the morning on the phone discussing how to fix it, getting through to a technician to help us was a complete nightmare! The problem seemed to be with our independent router but we had an untouched router issued by our broadband supplier and once that was fitted the internet came back to the PC. I had to re-connect my Kindle Fire to the new Local Area Network created by the change of hardware, but our son guided me through that via his mobile phone. I am now totally drained so I’m going to have an afternoon nap.

Posted by Graymayne on May 09, 2013, 09:41 AM report to moderator
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DARN!!! I lost my post! So, a more concise rewrite is in order.

GRAYMAYNE, I think all internet/TV providers are POO! I hope your meds work well for you.

LEW, one day left once my daughter gets home. Her text books have already been turned in, just report for tests Monday through Thursday.

ASTI, in reference to your son’s tests, I believe it is possible to over prepare and stress yourself out. So, if he feels confident that he is ready he probably just needs plenty of rest and good food and a little relaxation so he can take a breath.

My mother called very upset. As you know the generations in my family are a bit out of line. She had received a phone call this morning. One of my older boy cousins three has daughters about my age, one slightly older, one slightly younger and one a few years younger, all of us in our 40s and early 50s at this point. His wife tried to call one of the daughters this morning and could not get an answer. I don’t know why it concerned her so but they got in the car and went to the daughter’s house and still could not get an answer at the door. So, they called the police who came and broke down the door. They found their middle aged daughter dead. This is the first family member in my age group to die. I knew it was coming as I mentioned last week, reason says when you have cleared out the older generation you are the next in line. I just didn’t expect it to start on us so soon. This is more than a bit unexpected.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 09, 2013, 02:31 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

There is no money left in the overtime pot, so I cannot work tomorrow, and I get my three days off, woohoo! There is nothing I can do if the hours are not available.

Tomorrow is son’s last official day of school. There is a special Assembly, then as of lunchtime, they are on Study Leave. He only has to go to school for exams…….the first of which is on Monday. If you could all keep him in your thoughts and hearts for the next 5 weeks, I wold appreciate it a lot.
Lady Hawke, I do agree with you about the exams. He knows what he has to do, and is stretching himself in a couple of subjects to try to get the grades he needs. I also appreciate the need for a balance between study and time to relax. I am pleased he does not seem stressed so far by the pressure upon him.
This is a huge thing. If he doesn’t get the grades he needs, he will not be offered a place in the Sixth Form. Then we will have to scramble around trying to find a college and a course of study to take him for the next two years.

Graymayne, I meant to ask last night how you had got on at the Doctor’s. It must be irritating to have to keep switching medications. What was said about the angina episodes?

Lady Hawke, what a shock for all of you, expected or not. I am sorry.

LEW, if you have a bit of time over the summer, you must spend some more time here! I for one hope to have lots of updates about Wolfie’s visit!

Ironsos, good for Felipe! I must pop in there myself…..

Lady Hawke again, when we went to Portugal, my daughter was only 6, and was, literally, stunned into silence. She had never experienced temperatures anywhere approaching it. On the second day she said to me, “Mummy, is this the hottest country in the world?” And found it hard to understand when I told her, no it wasn’t.

Posted by asti on May 09, 2013, 03:05 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, when the exams are that important that is when it is tempting to burn yourself out and become a mental zombie. Before I finished grad school we had comprehensive exams encompassing any and all material presented to us during our five semesters of full time grad school over All I did for ten days before the tests was study, eat, sleep a little and cry. By the afternoon before the tests began I was hysterical and shutting down mentally. So were all of us who were being tested. We ended up getting together as a group and grilled out together and stopped studying or even talking about it. It was such a relief to have run out of time to study.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 09, 2013, 03:26 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, when I sat my O’ Levels, the equivalent of what my son is about to face, my birthday fell just a few days before the first exam. Me and half a dozen friends had a day out at a local theme park; lots of silly fun and letting down of hair. It did us all good.
Son once or twice a week has been meeting up with a group of friends to play football. It does him good!

Posted by asti on May 09, 2013, 03:50 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, when the exams are that important that is when it is tempting to burn yourself out and become a mental zombie. Before I finished grad school we had comprehensive exams encompassing any and all material presented to us during our five semesters of full time grad school over All I did for ten days before the tests was study, eat, sleep a little and cry. By the afternoon before the tests began I was hysterical and shutting down mentally. So were all of us who were being tested. We ended up getting together as a group and grilled out together and stopped studying or even talking about it. It was such a relief to have run out of time to study.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 09, 2013, 05:08 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Nice splonch! Have some dittany. ;)

I have always told people who were stressing about the exam to get their license from my agency to put away the books no later than noon the day before. Then to do something completely off the subject and relaxing. Usually these people pass the exam, even if they have unsuccessfully attempted it before. ;)

Won I suppose you are right about the Owls. Darn, just as I thought I had found a loophole to the office firewall. Le pout! ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 09, 2013, 06:06 PM report to moderator
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Okay, I was sure I proofread that… splinch not splonch! ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 09, 2013, 06:07 PM report to moderator
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I quite like splonch. It might not be true to the books, but it has a certain gravitas! Splinching with attitude?

I am off to bed, goodnight all!

Posted by asti on May 09, 2013, 06:11 PM report to moderator
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Splonch is the sound that is made when you splinch

Posted by ironsos on May 09, 2013, 06:20 PM report to moderator
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